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Charleston shooting a "tragedy.": Obama

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 01:37

President Obama has called Charleston's deadly church shooting a ''tragedy'' and says ''it is in our power to do something'' about the nation's gun violence. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In a statement made before departing the White House for California, President Obama said the attack on a South Carolina church, where nine people died, is a tragedy. He said "There is something particularly heartbreaking about the death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace." Police say the suspected shooter, identified as Dylann Roof, was brought into custody on Thursday (June 18). He's accused of killing nine people in a historic African-American church including a black state senator, in an attack the U.S. Department of Justice called a hate crime. "We don't have all of the facts, but we do know, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun... it is in our power to do something about it," Obama said.

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Charleston shooting a "tragedy.": Obama

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 01:37